Memphis Colleges and Schools

Memphis is one of the largest metro areas in the Southeastern U.S. but retains a small-town atmosphere. Memphis is well known for attractions like Graceland and the Memphis Rock n' Soul Museum, and is home three Fortune 500 companies — FedEx, International Paper and AutoZone. There are 10 colleges and universities in Memphis.

Tennessee's statewide dual enrollment program allows students to take college-level courses while still in high school, earning college credit that can be applied to any Tennessee public postsecondary institution.

Fun Facts about Trade and Technical Schools in Memphis

Several colleges in Memphis offer certificate or two-year degree programs to help students start careers sooner rather than later.

Concorde Career College focuses on training students to become medical and dental assistants, lab and pharmacy technicians, radiology and surgical techs.

Empire Beauty School and the Memphis Institute of Barbering are among those that provide students opportunities to build cosmetology skills in areas such as hair design, hair cutting, color, texture, and basic skin care.

The Southwest Tennessee Community College offers more than two dozen programs in topics such as business, hospitality management, automotive service, funeral service education, paralegal studies, and computer engineering.

Fun Facts about Memphis Colleges and Universities

The University of Memphis is home to FedEx Institute of Technology, which promotes interdisciplinary research and innovation in emerging technologies such as drones, cybersecurity testing, autonomous vehicles, robotics, and precision medicine.

At Rhodes College, students can take Pancake Study Breaks, served by faculty and staff, during finals week. Rhodes offers dual degree programs for students pursuing undergraduate degrees before going on to earn more technical or specialized degrees at one of several partner universities.

Christian Brothers University, founded in 1871, offers students opportunities to join on-campus student groups based on Greek life, student leadership, social action, religion and more.

Graduate Schools in Memphis

The above-named universities in Memphis offer a range of graduate programs, while two other institutions focus on advanced degree programs in health and medicine: The University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Southern College of Optometry. The Memphis Theological Seminary offers both master's and doctoral programs in ministry and divinity.

If you'd like to learn more about higher education opportunities in Tennessee, visit our Tennessee colleges page.


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  • Concorde Career College, Accessed October 2018,
  • Memphis Theological Seminary, Accessed January 2019,
  • National Center for Education Statistics' College Navigator, Accessed October 2018,
  • Rhodes College, Accessed October 2018,
  • Southern College of Optometry, Accessed October 2018,
  • Southwest Tennessee Community College, Accessed January 2019,
  • University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Accessed October 2018,
  • University of Memphis, Accessed October 2018,
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Education Institutes in Memphis
Total Number of Educational Institutes
Total Enrollment in all institutes
Number of Public Educational Institutes
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
Graduation Rate
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
On Campus and Online Programs in Memphis
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
Number of Institutes Offering both
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2017-18, National Center for Education Statistics,
Colleges and Universities in Memphis
SchoolTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesNumber of Programs Offered
The University of Tennessee-Health Science Center3,199Four or more yearsN/A34
Vibe Barber College64Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A1
Gould's Academy102Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A4
Visible Music College124Four or more years$19,5003
Vatterott College-Appling Farms255At least 2 but less than 4 years$11,0937
Memphis College of Art303Four or more years$33,13010
Memphis Theological Seminary228Four or more yearsN/A4
Southern College of Optometry534Four or more yearsN/A1
Remington College-Memphis Campus697Four or more years$16,6949
Empire Beauty School-E Memphis116Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A2
Massage Institute of Memphis25Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A1
Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences1,075Four or more years$11,54210
Christian Brothers University2,157Four or more years$31,87084
Le Moyne-Owen College863Four or more years$11,19626
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Memphis843At least 2 but less than 4 yearsN/A40
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2017-18, National Center for Education Statistics,
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